All The World’s A Stage

All The World’s A Stage Playing Out At Jalan Hang Kasturi

All the world’s a stage
And all the men and women merely players
They have their exits and their entrances
And one man in his time plays many parts

As You Like it, Shakespeare

Walking around the older part of downtown Kuala Lumpur, one can still find rows of colonial era pre-war shophouses here and there, blending in with modern development. It is amazing how some are still in pretty good shape given they were constructed over ~100 years ago, some needing renovation to give them a new lease of life, while there are others left vacant and dilapidating. Quite a number of these shophouses are actually owned by descendants of famous families from the founding years of Kuala Lumpur. These shophouses are either still, or were at some stage, home to household trade names with traders enjoying good business. Over the years, some businesses have ceased due to lack of interest within the family to continue with the business, or some find the increasingly busy and congested location over the years no longer suitable to operate in and relocated elsewhere. The repealing of the Rent Control Act 1966 in 2000 was also a deciding factor for some to either cease business or relocate as rental became exorbitant to continue running a profitable business.

Some of the distinctive architectural features of these shophouses are:
– Five foot ways in front of the shophouses acting as pedestrian walkways
– Round arch structures interconnecting shophouses along the five foot ways
– Thick brick wall (1-1.5 feet) construction

Photo: Fujifilm X-E1 with XF 35mm


2 thoughts on “All The World’s A Stage

  1. Beautiful B&W shot, Ken. The graffiti and the people on the street look as one. Nicely done. Good to see the hustle and bustle still around the heartland of Kuala Lumpur. I’m missing that place of late, thanks for bringing it to me. Hope you are well and have a good weekend 🙂

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